Andres Iniesta to join Vissel Kobe after leaving Barcelona

Andres Iniesta to join Vissel Kobe after leaving Barcelona

But Japanese side Vissel Kobe, who are owned by Hiroshi Mikitani, the CEO of Barcelona's major sponsors Rakuten, are also said to be interested in him bringing him to the J-League.

Reports out of Spain say that Kobe, where ex-Arsenal and Bayern Munich forward Lukas Podolski is now playing, are prepared to offer Iniesta a three-year deal worth 25 million euros annually.

Japan's Vissel Kobe, named in Spanish media as a possible next club for Iniesta, had no comment on Tuesday when approached by AFP.

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Vissel Kobe are also said to be interested, with Iniesta having previously suggested that his next club would not play their football in Europe.

"The lack of agreement with the Asian team has led Manchego to study new horizons, with Australia as the preferred destination".

"There are things to talk about, things to finalise", Iniesta said recently.

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Nevertheless, it was a special clasico for the 33-year old Spaniard and he chose not to keep the shirt he wore during the match, instead handing it to the Real Madrid skipper and long-time Spain teammate Sergio Ramos.

The current Barcelona captain has won the FIFA World Cup, two European Championships, four UEFA Champions Leagues and nine La Liga titles.

A legend of the game, Iniesta has made 669 appearances for Barcelona, scoring 57 times.

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Reports last month suggested that PSG and Manchester City were keen on keeping the 2010 World Cup victor in Europe due to his consistent level of world-class performances this season despite his advancing years - and the latest news of his prospective Far-East move will be a huge boost for their chances.

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